Yesterday, the White House and Office of Management and Budget, released a sweeping plan to reorganize the federal government. The plan includes a provision that would privatize the air traffic control (ATC) system. In response, NBAA along with AOPA, EAA, GAMA, HAI and NATA issued a statement (see below) strongly opposing the failed privatization proposal.
Capitol Hill also responded quickly in opposition to any efforts that would seek to privatize ATC. Selected news clips summarizing the response from Congress are included below.
While this latest privatization proposal has already met strong opposition in Congress, we will remain vigilant, and work to support the long-term FAA bill passed by the House and now pending in the Senate.
GA Association Press Release
Latest ATC Spinoff Proposal Meets Continued and Heavy Opposition
Washington, DC – Six associations representing the general aviation industry today issued a statement strongly opposing the Trump Administration for including in its government reorganization proposal a failed idea to privatize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control services.
“There is a large and diverse chorus of opposition to the idea of privatizing our air traffic control system, including congressional leaders from both political parties, more than 100 aviation organizations, over 100 business leaders, 100 U.S. mayors, consumer and agricultural groups, conservative think tanks, and the majority of Americans. Additionally, this concept has been fully considered in the U.S. Congress and rejected despite years of repeated attempts,” said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
“Instead of focusing precious time and resources on what amounts to nothing more than a distraction to the aviation community, the Administration needs to support a long-term FAA bill, like those passed by the House of Representatives and now pending in the Senate. These bills will take practical and significant steps to address many critical issues like aviation safety, modernization, which includes accelerated advancement of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and needed aircraft certification and regulatory reform. Additionally, the Department of Transportation needs to continue with its commitment to the NextGen Advisory Committee, which fosters collaboration in an open and transparent manner and helps advance air traffic control modernization priorities and investments.
“We are disappointed that the Administration continues to reintroduce a failed proposal. Instead, it should put its weight behind FAA legislation pending in Congress that will advance the aviation industry, including general aviation, which contributes $219 billion to the U.S. economy and creates over one million jobs in the U.S.”
View the complete list of 300 general aviation pilot organizations, state and local aviation officials, airports, manufacturers, labor unions, businesses, management associations and consumer groups that stand united against air traffic control privatization. (PDF)
Reorganization Plan’s Air Traffic Spinoff is DOA in Congress
June 21, 2018 By Shaun Courtney
An air traffic control spinoff is dead in Congress, regardless of the government’s new proposal from the Office of Management and Budget, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee told Bloomberg Government.
The air traffic control system would no longer fall within Federal Aviation Administration jurisdiction under the Trump administration’s plan, but instead would become a non-profit entity “similar to the Canadian system” the OMB report says. A similar overhaul backed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) had been proposed as part of House FAA bill (H.R. 4) but didn’t advance for lack of support.
“Isn’t that issue dead?” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) asked when told of the language in the report. Thune is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the FAA.
“If the administration thinks the Senate is going to go along with privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system, they’re wrong,” said a spokesman for committee ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). “That issue has been dead and buried in the Senate for some time now.”
Airspace is ‘Public’
Congressional action would be necessary to move air traffic control from the FAA, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) told a private gathering at Bloomberg Government in the morning just before the report was released. Moran was an outspoken critic of the spinoff effort when it was still in play in the House.
The OMB plan pointed to Canada as a nearby example of a system where air traffic control is operated by a non-governmental body.
“Canada is not even remotely comparable to the volume of air traffic that our country holds,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Bloomberg Government.
Collins as chairman of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has made funding for the NextGen air traffic control modernization project a priority. The funding is meant to address technology needs and enable better airspace management, Collins said.
“I view our airspace as public and appropriate for government control and regulations and not something to be turned over to a private entity,” Collins said.
OMB reorg proposal again floats FAA spinoff
By Brianna Gurciullo,
06/21/2018 01:10 PM EDT
As part of a sweeping government reorganization proposal, the administration is again calling for air traffic control to be separated from the FAA — just months after President Donald Trump put the kibosh on a prominent House bill that would've done just that.
"Spinning FAA air traffic control services out of the government, to a non-profit entity, similar to the Canadian system, has strong policy merits, evidenced by the approximately 60 countries that have shifted air traffic control responsibilities to non-governmental providers," the proposal reads.
Rep. Bill Shuster's bill to separate air traffic control operations from the FAA, H.R. 2997 (115), was shelved after the White House declined to help bring GOP holdouts on board with the bill.
The plan also calls for splitting the Saint Lawrence Seaway lock operations away from the federal government.
In addition, the Trump administration proposes taking the Army Corps of Engineers' civil works division out of the Defense Department and placing it under DOT and the Interior Department. DOT would be responsible for commercial navigation.
The administration also suggests giving DOT, instead of the Coast Guard, control over "permitting alterations to bridges and aids to coastal navigation." And, under the proposal, DOT would take over surface transportation oversight from TSA and the job of administering transit security grants from FEMA.
Finally, the document raises its concern about DOT's Office of the Secretary having "programmatic responsibilities that have traditionally been carried out by operating administrations."
"Executing these programmatic responsibilities while simultaneously performing its more traditional oversight and management functions has been challenging and has stressed OST's organizational structure," it reads, going on to recommend a study that includes "potential alternative structures."
Urgent Message: Oppose Airline Efforts to Control ATC System
Though a last minute amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 4) being considered in the U.S. House, Chairman Shuster and the big airlines are seeking to create an advisory council that will effectively control our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. This is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to give control of the system to the big airlines and we must take action today.
The House will consider H.R. 4 tomorrow, so please contact Congress now and let them know you are opposed to creation of the Aerospace Management Advisory Council in Section 5 of the manager’s amendment.
Our major concerns with the Advisory Council are:
April Cockpit Corner.pdf
Continuous Random Airport Vehicle Inspections on the HPN SIDA
In response to a TSA Security Directive, effective immediately, all vehicles vehicle operators and passengers will be subject to inspection prior to entering the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) at the terminal building. To expedite the inspection process all vehicle operators must notify Airport Operations prior to entering the SIDA. Contact Airport Operations by dialing (914) 995-4850 or use your vehicle radio to contact Unicom on VHF frequency 122.95. Click the link below to view the full bulletin and SIDA diagram.
WAA/ATC Quarterly Meeting Recap/March 2018
On the morning of March 28, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold,, (Air Traffic Manager/HPN), Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor), Terry Ryan (Traffic Management, NY Tracon) and Jon Norris (Traffic Management, NY Tracon).
Please mark your calendars: our next quarterly meeting will be on Monday June 11, 2018,at 7:30 pm .
The focus of the meeting was on SWAP and other routings for corporate operators out of the Westchester area. Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:
ATC first began using ADS-B at selected sites in the United States in 2010, and the FAA has steadily expanded integration and use throughout the NAS. There are still some TRACONS in the NAS that require modernization to be able to utilize ADS-B, but the FAA is on track to enable ADS-B use at these remaining facilities before the 2020 mandate.
The FAA’s ADS-B network collects your broadcasted ADS-B information and passes it to the ATC automation system. ADS-B data is then combined with other surveillance data (where available), to create a single track of your aircraft for the controller’s display.
ADS-B messages contain many different information elements that are combined and simplified for presentation to ATC in a way that supports their primary mission of maintaining safe separation of aircraft. This simplified presentation tells a controller whether an aircraft is equipped with ADS-B and whether ADS-B is contributing to the presentation. It does not give the controller any insight into how well the ADS-B is performing or if all information elements comply with the requirements of the ADS-B mandate. Therefore, we discourage pilots from asking controllers for ADS-B performance details since this can add to workload and frequency congestion.
Don’t Get Left in the Hangar. Equip Now!
There’s only 23 months remaining before the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out equipage deadline.
For more information, please visit the Equip ADS-B website www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/.
March Cockpit Corner (002).pdf
The Westchester Aviation Association and the Academy of Aviation will award two aviation scholarships in 2018 for flight training totaling $10,000.00. The recipients will be announced at the WAA's Safety Day which is taking place on June 19th and 20th, 2018 at the Doral Arrowood.
The scholarship amounts will be awarded as a credit to be used at the Academy of Aviation flight school located at Westchester County Airport and must be used within one year of receiving the awarded amount.
Requirements: Anyone training towards a pilot certificate orrating may apply for a WAA scholarship. Veterans are encouraged to apply.
1. A typed essay is required and should include:
• Your aviation history and goals
• Where you hope to be in 5 years
• How this scholarship will help you achieve your objective and your present financial need
• What is the specific flight training that you are seeking to accomplish - Private pilot rating? Commercial pilot rating? etc.
• Include all educational scholarships, awards and honors that you have received
2. The scholarship is open to current and new prospective pilots. Please send in a copy of your pilot certificates if you have any.
3. Please include a copy of the last 2 pages of your log book if you have already started flying.
4. Also include a professional resume with your contact info.
The recipients of the scholarship will be awarded at the WAA Safety Day hosted at the Doral on June 20th, 2018 and are required to attend this event. In addition, the recipients of these scholarships shall be required to perform 6 hours of aviation volunteer service to give back to the aviation community.
Please submit all entries to:
Westchester Aviation Association, Inc.
PO Box 447
Purchase, NY 10577-0447
On December 11, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor) and Wycliffe Walcott (ATC Controller).
Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for the next quarterly meeting date.
Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Operations (OSO) Compliance Division, is updating the July 10, 2017 BOLO advisory notice based on continued attempts by this individual to access restricted areas and aircraft at multiple airports.
TSA is aware of numerous incidents involving a suspicious person attempting to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and facilities at primarily Fixed Based Operators (FBOs). The individual identified as Ahmed Olasunkahmi SALAU, aka SALAN, SALUH, Martinez Davon WELLS has reportedly visited several FBOs falsely presenting himself as either a passenger, employee or crewmember with the intent to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and/or facilities. TSA is also aware that the same individual may have also telephonically contacted FBOs in an attempt to gather passenger and aircraft data.
As a result, TSA is issuing this notice for your security awareness. Contact the TSOC at 877-456-8722 or 703-5633240 and local law enforcement if you suspect suspicious or fraudulent activity regarding this individual.
UPDATE: Since the original notice issued on July 10, 2017, TSA is aware of several additional FBO/GA encounters by SALAU. The attachment lists various activities conducted by SALAU. Click here for the attachment.
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